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Impressing a girl inspired I-Pod's golden trick

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Switzerland's gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov celebrates during the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014Switzerland's gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov celebrates during the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014

Switzerland's gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov celebrates during the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014Switzerland's gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov celebrates during the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014

Iouri Podladtchikov performed his signature Yolo flip to help snatch Olympic gold and then revealed Wednesday it was inspired by the desire to impress a girl.

The Swiss rider won gold in the men's halfpipe snowboard competition on Tuesday as he caused a major upset in dethroning the sport's biggest star, Shaun White.

In his gold medal run, Podladtchikov -- or I-Pod as he is known in snowboarding circles -- finished off with the Yolo (you only live once) flip, a move he himself invented.

But on Wednesday the 25-year-old told reporters that it wasn't Games gold on his mind when he first conjured up the trick, it was a girl.

"The original story of the Yolo trick was that I was trying to impress a girl," he said.

"Another funny thing is that she asked me why didn't I call the trick after her. I mean, fuck, what do you have to do to impress a girl?

"If she was Kate Moss I would have named it after her."

It seems, however, that the 40-year-old English model is perhaps Podladtchikov's greatest motivation.

After winning his gold medal, Podladtchikov had said he wanted to be on the cover of Vogue, but not as a model.

"I answered a question last night and they misunderstood me," he said.

"I don't want to be on the cover of Vogue. I am big into photography.

"It is a big dream to take a photo of Kate Moss. But not to be on the cover, I am not good looking enough for that."

Podladtchikov seems to have accepted he may never woo supermodel Moss, but he is still hopeful of one day winning over the girl who inspired the Yolo, although he is struggling to make inroads.

"Actually she did call me this morning, and I was like, 'will you make out with me?' She was like, 'no, you have a gold medal, you are not cool now.'"

Date created : 2014-02-12